Interview Skills

Ref: C3740416

This course will provide learners with essential practice in Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening skills, necessary to pass the City & Guilds Functional English examinations in 2017. The focus is on building and extending these four skills to gain confidence and progress towards the desired goal of a national recognised qualification.

Course aim

The main purpose of this course is to prepare students for the City & Guilds Functional English Skills Level 1 and 2 examinations in Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening.

Who is the course for?

New students must have an initial assessment. Entry 3 is a minimum requirement to attend this course.

What topics will this course cover

1. Reading & comprehensions skills at Level 1 and Level 2, depending on ability using a variety of articles and interesting texts from current affairs (national and international) with relevant topics relating to health & well-being, community engagement, culture and employability 2. Written skills in preparation for the examinations - eg. formal letters, reports and articles, emails, speeches identifying formal/informal language and tone 3. Speaking & Listening skills are practised on a wide range of topics, relevant to the examinations with a focus on presentations for L2 students 4. Focus on spelling and vocabulary building using a dictionary and thesaurus 5. Grammar and punctuation is central to this course, using specific exercises both written and spoken to check understanding

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Spell 50-80 challenging words, appropriate for L1 & L2 examinations 2. Use a range of interesting and useful vocabulary in an appropriate context 3. Write a formal letter and email, a report and/or article using the correct style and format 4. Speak to communicate personal opinion on a given topic in a persuasive manner, using the correct formal or informal language both individually and in groups 5. Reading a variety of texts and extract information 6. Develop a knowledge of the correct rules for grammar, punctuation and spellings

How will I know I'm making progress?

All classwork and homework will be marked by the Tutor and feedback is given regularly. You will be able to speak to the Tutor individually about your progress Regular feedback is given and discussion will be encouraged of how you are progressing Sample assessments will assess your level and readiness for the City & Guilds examinations

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Both a thesaurus and a dictionary will be available for use during the class but it is recommended that students have their own copies at home. Books and equipments (pens, paper etc) are to be provided by the learner

Reading and information sources

Macmillan Learner Dictionary and a Thesaurus (eg Oxford or Roget's) are both highly desirable Reading newspapers, books of fiction/non fiction, internet research are all good preparation

What could the course lead to?

Once learners have achieved a qualification (eg Level 1) they may want to return to the Omega Centre to study for the next level. The City & Guilds examinations will give them the confidence and ability to further their studies or seek work, voluntary or otherwise, in their chosen area. A Level 2 pass is the equivalent to a "C" grade pass in GCSE English

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